FERNANDO ROMERO, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
6000 West Olive Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85302
- Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Arizona State University
- M.S.Ed., Inclusion and Multicultural Special Education, Queens College of the City University of New York
- B.S., Psychology, Hunter College of the City University of New York
- PSY101 Introduction to Psychology
- PSY132 Psychology and Culture
- PSY240 Developmental Psychology
Philosophy of Education
- My philosophy of education is based upon the view that learning is a developmental activity taking place in specific local contexts that are social, cultural, and historical. This is a perspective shared by many other educators who have been largely influenced by the original work of Lev Vygotksy and by the contributions of those who followed in his footsteps. I believe knowledge is not an objective commodity that can be passed top-down from instructors to their students. Instead, knowledge is incrementally constructed and reconstructed by diverse individuals who bring to our classrooms distinct prior knowledge, experiences, and backgrounds. Therefore, I view my role as that of an expert facilitator in charge of structuring meaningful learning environments that are conducive to active participation. I also view my role expanding beyond facilitating individual development and into supporting larger societal goals including diversity, democracy, and economic prosperity.